Monte B Cowboy
Jan 17, 2014 11:22am
Re: Revamped Jerry Site
Richard Nixon's campaign commercial from 1968 features Captain Trips
Dear Trixie: please post about Jerry's and GD's environmental work. Nixon correctly picked out Jerry (and GD) as being America's most famous counterculture artist. Please, I am urging you, would you be so kind as to write and post a few things about this? I have connected a few things for you. Nice job on producing Jerry's Story. Thank You!
On Tuesday, September 13, 1988, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead, as well as Dr. Jason Clay, the director of Cultural Survival, Peter Bahouth, the Chairman of Greenpeace USA, and Randall Hayes, the Director of the Rainforest Action Network, sat down at the panel in conference room four of the United Nations and alerted the world's press to the horror of the vanishing rain forest.
When asked why the Grateful Dead was getting into the act and helping to publicize the plight of the rainforest, Jerry Garcia answered in his own inimitable style, "It seems pathetic that it has to be us, with all the other citizens of the planet, and all the other resources out there, but since no one else is doing anything about it, we don't really have any choice."
A dozen years earlier, when the Greenpeace mission had expanded from protesting nuclear proliferation to also include stopping commercial whaling, Country Joe McDonald not only played at a send-off concert for a Greenpeace ship in Vancouver in 1976, but he also dedicated his hit single "Save the Whales" to Greenpeace. The next year, when one of the Greenpeace ships, the James Bay, was docked in San Francisco and had no means to get back out on the high seas to continue chasing the whaling fleets, a group of Greenpeacers went to see Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, who was playing with the Jerry Garcia Band in Berkeley.
When the Greenpeacers laid out their dilemma to Jerry -- they needed $10,000 to fuel up the ship and buy provisions -- he was immediately open to the idea of doing a benefit concert. Five days later, on August 12th, 1977, the Jerry Garcia Band stood right there on San Francisco’s Pier 31, in front of the James Bay, and played to a sold-out crowd. The concert raised $20,000, and the James Bay sailed out of port on August 19, headed back out to help save the whales.
Taking direct action is what Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead did well
"Polluters are not patriots. They do not love their countries, their families, their wives, sons, and daughters. They are criminals guilty of sabotage and treason. They pollute the air, water, and land they and their families depend upon down to nth generations for sustenance. One cannot say with any credibility that one loves one's family or country if one willingly, consciously, pollutes the very air we breathe. Pitiful." - comments by Lute Song in response to the NY Times news article posted today: U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly
re: Nuclear Energy - the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster is a "three-reactor-meltdown"
This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2014-01-17 19:22:05